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50 top-rated authors

Authors rated by at least 50 members (average/ratings/raters).

Constance Cappel (4.8/171/59), Janet Arnold (4.76/296/132), William R. Trumble (4.71/84/84), The Kyoto Costume Institute (4.71/92/92), Crossway Bibles (4.69/680/580), Arthur G. Bennett (4.69/206/206), Nisargadatta Maharaj (4.68/102/80), Simon Langton (4.67/96/57), William M. Gaines (4.67/387/65), Frank H. Netter (4.63/108/60), Bill Watterson (4.62/10822/3353), Karl Elliger (4.61/109/109), John J. Palmer (4.61/67/50), Harold Abelson (4.61/219/216), Pete Souza (4.6/110/98), Richard Williams (4.59/58/58), Jenn Dlugos (4.59/56/51), Bryan Stevenson (4.59/368/365), Ijeoma Oluo (4.58/80/79), George Frideric Handel (4.58/219/102), Westminster Assembly (4.57/72/64), Elizabeth Shown Mills (4.57/342/202), Ninya Mikhaila (4.56/63/63), Luigi Serafini (4.56/115/111), Mesu Andrews (4.56/99/58), Menena Cottin (4.55/146/145), Harold McGee (4.55/449/419), Avraham Azrieli (4.55/293/153), Rena Kornreich Gelissen (4.55/59/59), Jeff Brumbeau (4.55/111/90), Drew Daywalt (4.54/1039/854), Ollie Johnston (4.54/106/86), Angela Ackerman (4.54/99/71), Carla Emery (4.54/101/101), James Jean (4.54/91/62), Nabeel Qureshi (4.54/81/66), Elizabeth Acevedo (4.53/123/120), Catherine D. Hughes (4.53/62/51), Don Rosa (4.53/566/193), Michael Greger (4.53/66/67), Lindsay Mattick (4.53/189/188), Anna Botsford Comstock (4.53/52/52), Robert A. Caro (4.53/1208/643), June Hiatt (4.53/75/75), Stanley Kunitz (4.53/79/69), Albert Seba (4.52/66/63), Johann Sebastian Bach (4.52/461/167), Douglas A. Blackmon (4.52/94/93), Michael Whelan (4.52/100/75), Russel Lazega (4.51/78/78) — show more

50 lowest-rated authors

Rich Shapero (1.75/73/72), Randy Davila (2.17/124/124), Robin Wyatt Dunn (2.2/131/109), Christopher Ransom (2.22/143/137), Hal Lindsey (2.36/154/101), Jessica Cutler (2.42/58/58), Rebecca Campbell (2.44/60/55), Rebecca Wolff (2.51/57/51), Hannah Tennant-Moore (2.52/52/52), Sue Lange (2.55/64/59), John B. Olson (2.55/204/195), Simon Cox (2.59/93/88), Nancy Balbirer (2.59/63/63), Janet Groth (2.59/60/60), Alexandra Ulysses (2.6/87/87), Michael Gerber (2.6/223/180), Melissa P. (2.61/210/199), Alexander Campion (2.63/59/53), O. J. Simpson (2.64/93/91), Arabella Weir (2.66/63/59), Joanne Dahme (2.67/56/53), Emma Tennant (2.67/233/186), Catherine Millet (2.68/222/217), Adèle Lang (2.68/58/57), Trudy Baker (2.68/65/62), Kaavya Viswanathan (2.69/91/91), Simon (2.7/166/142), Douglas Monroe (2.71/64/55), Anna Sam (2.72/64/64), Jacquelyn Cook (2.73/97/89), Erich von Däniken (2.75/581/406), John Milne (2.75/65/58), Billy Corgan (2.75/51/51), Eden Cole (2.76/121/55), Tara Bray Smith (2.76/102/101), Ellen Fein (2.77/96/74), Cook Coleridge (2.78/61/61), Vonna Harper (2.78/95/54), Charlotte Roche (2.78/334/320), Robin Kirman (2.78/57/57), Phoenix Desmond (2.78/55/55), Andrew Keen (2.78/181/178), Michael Drosnin (2.79/161/143), Matthew Klam (2.79/70/67), Tracy Quan (2.79/118/93), Thomas Kohnstamm (2.79/53/53), Jennifer Vandever (2.79/51/51), Frank Brennan (2.8/105/94), Johanna Skibsrud (2.8/131/127), Phil Hellmuth (2.8/62/59) — show more

50 authors people can't agree on

Must have 50 raters. The numbers are the standard deviation of rating—how much they differ from the average.

50 uncontroversial authors

The least divergent star ratings. Must have 50 raters.

Authors who LibraryThing (complete list)

Lee Child, Diana Gabaldon, Don Maitz, Brandon Sanderson, Sandra Brown, David Brin, John Green, Laurie R. King, Jon Scieszka, Patrick Rothfuss, Jude Deveraux, Laurie Halse Anderson, Naomi Novik, Joe Hill, Diane Duane, Ann Brashares, Jennifer Weiner, James Rollins, James Dashner, Elizabeth Bear, Nancy Holder, Andrew Gross, Dan Chaon, Chris Bohjalian, Susan Mallery, Melissa Marr, Manon Smits, Janny Wurts, Tite Kubo, Jo Beverley, Joan Holub, Sharon Kay Penman, Angela Elwell Hunt, Alan M. Clark, Bryan Lee O'Malley, N. K. Jemisin, Randy Alcorn, Susan Wittig Albert, Susan Wiggs, Adriana Trigiani, Alan Furst, Alma Flor Ada, Sarah Addison Allen, Deborah Harkness, Edward R. Tufte, Sharon Lee, Jonathan Maberry, Sherryl Woods, Matthew Pearl, Geerten Meijsing — see the full list.

Top 75 authors (author cloud)

By number of copies

J. K. Rowling (646,758), Stephen King (514,404), Terry Pratchett (400,516), J. R. R. Tolkien (317,609), C. S. Lewis (309,623), Neil Gaiman (276,102), William Shakespeare (269,960), Nora Roberts (267,597), Agatha Christie (245,788), James Patterson (238,239), Jane Austen (201,377), Charles Dickens (195,314), Isaac Asimov (192,505), Stephenie Meyer (182,138), John Grisham (181,226), Dr. Seuss (171,556), Janet Evanovich (159,434), Dan Brown (157,287), Orson Scott Card (154,882), Anne McCaffrey (152,519), Dean Koontz (149,582), Roald Dahl (148,678), Kurt Vonnegut (144,163), George Orwell (141,344), George R. R. Martin (140,907), Anne Rice (139,670), Douglas Adams (138,053), Mary Pope Osborne (136,579), John Steinbeck (136,060), Robert A. Heinlein (129,933), Mercedes Lackey (129,554), Charlaine Harris (127,212), Mark Twain (126,760), Margaret Atwood (125,597), Suzanne Collins (125,576), Rick Riordan (123,534), Lemony Snicket (121,157), Robert Jordan (116,902), Laurell K. Hamilton (116,419), Ernest Hemingway (115,020), Michael Crichton (113,325), Haruki Murakami (110,813), Fyodor Dostoevsky (110,673), Ray Bradbury (107,195), Piers Anthony (106,723), Jim Butcher (103,003), Philip Pullman (101,613), Ursula K. Le Guin (99,043), Gabriel García Márquez (98,746), Carolyn Keene (98,340), Arthur Conan Doyle (96,982), Philip K. Dick (96,792), Jodi Picoult (96,438), Bill Bryson (96,223), Patricia Cornwell (94,346), F. Scott Fitzgerald (93,078), L. M. Montgomery (91,198), Michael Connelly (90,945), David Eddings (90,931), Arthur C. Clarke (87,863), Tamora Pierce (87,550), Frank Herbert (87,405), Tom Clancy (87,105), Alexander McCall Smith (86,255), Neal Stephenson (84,552), J. D. Salinger (84,484), R. L. Stine (84,220), Madeleine L'Engle (83,886), Clive Cussler (83,281), Nicholas Sparks (82,744), Laura Ingalls Wilder (81,306), Umberto Eco (80,022), Leo Tolstoy (80,005), Beverly Cleary (79,492), Stieg Larsson (79,316) — show more

50 "completist" authors

Average number of books in a collection, if there's one.

Notes: See standard deviation for more on this concept. Basically, if everyone basically agrees that an author's books are good or bad, the standard deviation is low. If opinions differ a lot, the standard deviation of ratings is high. All statistics are updated daily, if possible, or more frequently.

 

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